When hiring a chef within the private staff and hospitality sector, employers look for knowledgeable candidates who can understand and work with a variety of dietary requirements. An experienced chef succeeding in today’s competitive market must understand various people’s needs, and the current diets they are adhering to.
Here we give you a breakdown of the top five diet trends:
1) The Paleo Diet
This diet is a step back to the early days of our ancestors, and involves consuming only foods that are available seasonally from the earth, the foods that humans ate when they first roamed the earth. This includes meats, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. The Paleo diet eliminates dairy, legumes, refined sugars, grains and processed foods. Whilst this diet was not created to be a weight loss program, the focus on protein, fruits and vegetables over processed food can contribute to a loss in overall weight.
2) The Gluten-Free Diet
One of the most popular and talked-about trends currently, a gluten-free diet excludes any food containing this protein complex, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. This diet is usually medically recommended to sufferers of celiac/coeliac disease (an immune disorder of the small intestine that causes an inflammatory reaction and an inability to absorb nutrients), but can also be prescribed to those with sensitivity towards gluten.
3) The Plant-Based Diet
This diet eliminates animal protein, dairy and eggs and is rich in plant and grain carbohydrates and healthy fats. Whilst consumers can enjoy lower cardiovascular risks and fat loss, it is easy to overeat on carbohydrates and suffer a B12 deficiency.
4) The Intermittent Fasting Diet
Sometimes referred to as a “fast and feast diet”, this usually involves having all your meals in a short window, and spending the remaining time of the day fasting (often with the allowance of water or non-caloric beverages). The smaller window means that inevitably less calories are consumed, but research has also demonstrated links to improved blood sugar levels and a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer.
5) The Ketogenic Diet
A keto diet is a very low-carb diet comprising of 80% fat and incorporating staples like meat, fish, eggs, dairy, oils and green vegetables. It is beneficial for weight loss because of the fewer carbohydrates consumed, which force the body to make glucose from stored body fat via ketones.
As our society becomes increasingly conscious of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the food we consume naturally plays a significant role in our overall wellbeing. It is important to seek medical advice before embarking on these or any new diets.
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